Writing Contests, Grants & Awards

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.

TulipTree Publishing

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/15/19

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay that “tells a story.” The winner will also receive a two-year subscription to Duotrope and...

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Grayson Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grayson Books is given annually for a poetry collection. Robert Cording will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Omnidawn Publishing

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $27
Application Deadline: 8/19/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $3,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Rachel Zucker will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to...

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Kallisto Gaia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/20/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Ocotillo Review will be given annually for a poem and a short story. The winners will also each receive a two-year...

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Gulf Coast

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $18
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gulf Coast is given in alternating years for a group of poems or a prose excerpt translated from any language into English. The...

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Grid Books

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Grid Books is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer over the age of 60. Jon Davis will judge. Using the online submission...

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Aesthetica

Cash Prize: $1,300
Entry Fee: $23
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of £1,000 (approximately $1,300) each and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual are given annually for a poem and a short story. The winner...

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Masters Review

Cash Prize: $3,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $3,000 and publication in Masters Review is given twice yearly for a short story by a writer who has not published a novel (writers who have published story...

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Black Lawrence Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry, Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Black Lawrence Press is given annually for a debut collection of poems or short stories. The editors will judge. Using the online...

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Utica College

Cash Prize: $2,000
Entry Fee: $0
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a...

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Ex Ophidia Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000, publication by Ex Ophidia Press, and 15 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Richard-Gabriel Rummonds will judge. Submit a manuscript of...

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Gemini Magazine

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $6
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a short short story. The editors will judge. Submit a story of up to 1,000 words with a $6...

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University of New Orleans Press

Cash Prize: $10,000
Entry Fee: $28
Application Deadline: 8/31/19
Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 and publication by University of New Orleans Press is given annually for a short story collection or a novel. Using the online submission system, submit a...

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Red Hen Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 8/31/19

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Hen Press is given annually for a short story collection, a novel, or an essay collection by a queer writer. Uzodinma Iweala will judge...

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Black Warrior Review

Cash Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 9/1/19

Three prizes of $1,500 each and publication in Black Warrior Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Tommy Pico will judge in poetry, Rivers...

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Radar Poetry

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $15
Application Deadline: 9/1/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Radar Poetry is given annually for a group of poems by a woman. Using the online submission system, submit three to six poems with...

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Dogwood

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10
Application Deadline: 9/5/19

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Dogwood are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than 10...

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Red Mountain Press

Cash Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $30
Application Deadline: 9/15/19
Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Red Mountain Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 72 pages with a $30 entry fee by September 15....

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Cash Prize: $5,000
Entry Fee: $20
Application Deadline: 2/28/20

Up to twenty awards of $5,000 each are given annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers with children. Writers with at least one child under the age of...

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